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OUR VIEW: ‘King of Torts’ has finally abdicated

Dickie Scruggs’ drama is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in 2009. Scruggs offered to ...

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OUR VIEW: Bryant, Mississippi bypassing prosperity and good health

Forgive us for contemplating what could have been as speakers lined up at Gov. Phil Bryant’s Health Care Summit last week to relate the successes of their respective states in building powerful economic engines through public-private health care partnerships. A spectator who witnessed the recent defeat of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi could only imagine the dynamism that would have been ...

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OUR VIEW: Jackson is running blind into a convention

Robinson Callen Development’s proposal for a long-awaited convention hotel in Jackson just may be the “dream come true” that many local officials say it is. But like most dreams, this one is unfolding in a chaotic fashion and offering up more than a few unanswered questions. First, why is the $60 million deal moving at the speed of light with ...

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MBJ wins General Excellence, 14 total awards at MPA newspaper convention

The Mississippi Business Journal won 14 awards, including the General Excellence award during the weekend in the Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Award convention at The Beau Rivage in Biloxi. It was the second time in three years the MBJ has won the General Excellence award. Staff writer Ted Carter won a first place in the  prized Investigative Journalism category for his ...

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OUR VIEW: Indiana’s self-serving sequel on manufacturing study

Indiana has employed a scorched earth economic development strategy of degrading the manufacturing and logistical capabilities of its Midwestern neighbors and Southern competitors such as Mississippi. While generously pointing out all the shortcomings of others the Hoosier State goes up against in the economic development arena, the study sponsored by Conexus Indiana — the state’s manufacturing initiative — had to ...

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OUR VIEW: At last, funding for roads and bridges are getting their due

If you’re drawing up a list of “Most Important Things That Occurred in Mississippi’s 2013 Legislature,” save a spot for the Senate leadership’s creation of a task force to explore ways to fix the nearly one-out-of-three state highways deemed to be in poor or mediocre shape and the one-out-of-four state bridges deemed structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The task force ...

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OUR VIEW: USM makes right call by calling off tornado relief campaign

We have all seen the pictures, read the reports and heard the stories coming out of Moore, Okla. The cost of a massive tornado that battered the Oklahoma City suburb could be more than $2 billion, according to a preliminary official estimate. State authorities meanwhile said two infants were among the 24 people who perished in the twister. The financial ...

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OUR VIEW: Online gaming in Mississippi a losing roll of the dice

A Mississippi college freshman sits in his fraternity house room, locked into his laptop computer. It doesn’t matter which school. But what does matter is he has a credit card and Internet access. Only he knows, but he’s playing online poker from an illegal offshore site. Nationwide, casino gambling is growing. A recent report from the American Gaming Association shows ...

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OUR VIEW: Jeopardizing a visitor industry for little in return

The Mississippi Business Journal over the years has chronicled the exodus of Mississippi corporations, trade associations and non-profit groups to Alabama’s Orange Beach and Gulf Shores and Florida’s Panhandle for their conventions and trade shows. While we lamented the loss of hospitality dollars to our state, we conceded the lure of the sparkling sand beaches and seaside golf courses these ...

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From "too big to fail" to too big to jail?

America’s banking crisis may be receding into history but not so the desire of everyday Americans to bring the perpetrators of the criminally induced collapse to justice. While those behind rigging the system for their own benefit may never be forced to account for their actions, the reason why they are getting off free could bring the nation a huge ...

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